Charlotte moved to Manchester from Newcastle nearly ten years ago, intending to stay for a year to work. However, things didn't quite go to plan when her colleagues set her up on a blind date with David. “We had a great night out on Deansgate. We were both attracted to each other's sense of humour and fun-loving nature,” Charlotte says. “We've been inseparable ever since.”
Being lovers of all things French, the pair decided to celebrate their five-year anniversary in Paris. It was here that David popped the question in Jardin des Tuileries, a beautiful park next to The Louvre. “We were saving to buy a house at the time, so I was totally shocked when he popped the question,” Charlotte tells us.
The pair returned home and soon set the date for 25th May, 2018, with a church ceremony followed by a reception at Rookery Hall in Nantwich. We caught up with the bride to find out how they planned their Parisian-chic wedding…
The picturesque gardens and excellent service at Rookery Hall bowled us over. We were impressed not only by its beauty but all the added extras, such as the delicious food and gorgeous rooms for our guests to enjoy.
We had a Parisian theme to reflect where we got engaged, and chose a pretty palette of blush pink and white. The seating plan had an Eiffel Tower motif and the tables were named after famous places in the city.
Our flowers were a stunning mix of white, sweet avalanche and pink spray roses alongside white dahlias, hydrangeas and a hint of eucalyptus. They looked great on the table centrepieces with pictures of David and I on our engagement trip.
The men looked handsome in navy suits from Cheshire Menswear, with the groom standing out in a white waistcoat and tie to match my outfit. The groomsmen wore pink ties to complement the bridesmaids' stunning full-length gowns.
I found a bespoke Catherine Parry gown in Honeyblossom Bridal. I knew I wanted a traditional lace style and I loved the added drama of the long train. The ivory veil and delicate headpiece finished it off brilliantly.
Our white lace cake with blush rose decoration tied in with the colour scheme. We also had a French-style macaron tower.
It was a priority for us to ensure our loved ones enjoyed the day. During the ceremony, my good friends Matthew and Roger treated us to a performance on the violin and piano. Our DJ played a fantastic mix of music while our guests captured some memorable moments in the photo booth.
After champagne and canapés, we enjoyed a three-course meal of ham hock terrine, slow-cooked beef and sticky toffee pudding.
Everything flowed perfectly. We managed to spend some quality time together, chatting in the wedding car and walking through the grounds, but we also loved partying with our family and friends. Everyone commented on how happy and smiley we were!
A good friend of mine said to invest in a good photographer. Thank goodness we found Phil Drinkwater, we're simply elated with our photographs.
Our suppliers went above and beyond for us. A special shout out has to go to Jenny at Honeyblossom Bridal for all her hard work with my dress. The staff at Rookery Hall were also incredible. They really looked after us and even got us a teddy bear with our names and wedding date on its jumper.
Cake and macaron tower
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